We have only just heard the news that Simon Busuttil is going to be a candidate for the P.N. in the forthcoming elections. Perhaps foolishly following the maxim that any publicity is better than no publicity, Simon immediately launched into a tirade against Labour. In this tirade he seemed to want to alarm the international community that Malta may need a bailout in a year or two.
It seems almost incredible that a man, who was once so popular with voters, should start his local political career, contesting as a local MP, with such a large gaffe. A gaffe that the Times found much to criticise in this morning. Simon's words were certainly unwarranted and most definitely against the public and the national interest. If this is how star candidates in the PN behave it is clear that an arrogant form of rot has not only set in to the PN machine, it has solidified and fossilised even among its relatively younger exponents.
Simon Busuttil didn't mince words in the opening salvoes of his campaign. He wrote that he wouldn't be surprised if Malta needed a bailout in a year or two, if Labour is elected to government.
What an awful admission of this government's own financial incompetence. Nobody is going to believe, after so many years of NP rule that Labour created such a large financial deficit. Besides the dishonesty of all this, it is also a repeat of the 96/98 tactic when the PN blamed Sant for the deficit. People will not be fooled twice by the same silly tactic.
The ultimate conclusion of Simon Busuttil's foolish remark is obvious.
Simon Busuttil is admitting to the financial mismanagement of his own party, by the PN in government.
He is already trying to find a scapegoat. Simon Busuttil seems to be already assuming the PL will win and so most tellingly of the entire PN spin machine is already trying to find a scapegoat for the PN's own wasteful handing of our country's very precious and limited resources.
While PN Simon was looking for scapegoats, Joseph Muscat was telling a packed audience at the Congress how Labour will respond positively to the country's financial challenges, assuring us all of direction, determination and a sense of optimism that will encourage even more people to Labour's cause. What a difference...
Simon may need a new strategist to advise him.